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SANDRA P.

SALDARRIAGA 1093219249

OBSERVATION REPORT
This observation report took place on October, 1th, 2012 from 3:00 pm to 5:00
pm at Colegio Liceo Micael in Santa Rosa de Cabal/Risaralda to second graders
females among 7-9 years old. The total number of students was ten, and the name
of teacher was Patricia. During the class, there were five macro activities such as;
Pronunciation x 2, listening and vocabulary exercises. The main objective of this
class was the development of pronunciation and listening skills through different
activities adjusted to students age. This observation report is centered on the
classroom context and all activities and behaviors that both teacher and students
had during the class.
The following is a whole description of the classroom and environment where
observation took place. There were many positive aspects that permitted a
positive flow of class as an example; the classroom was well equipped by different
didactic materials appropriate for their age such as Puzzles and school supplies
like: play dough, crayons, folders and toys. The size of the classroom was suitable
for the number of students besides classroom was well illuminated, the were two
big tables together and 11 small plastic chairs also there were 2 shelves that
contained the didactic material, in one were dolls and animals made of wool and in
the other were puzzles and school supplies. Finally, there was a special place that
they called the playground. The school was totally made of wood and its
architecture was colonial.
For the lesson teacher used a set of resources created by the students such as
flash cards of fruits, drawing of a farm and figures made of play dough, as well they
used abstract materials as songs and rhymes such as; blue birds, the farm song,
and the days of the week. Other relevant factor was the teachers behavior which
helped to maintain students encouraged through different activities like songs,
memory game and creation of figures on play dough taking as reference a song
called blue birds and finally students disposition to learn.
For this class observation I centered my attention in four students to analyzed their
behavior, in general terms all the students were motivated but there were two
students, the little ones, who were lost in 1 or 2 activities, for that reason they
missed their interest for some minutes but rapidly they reacted and made all
possible to engage themselves by looking what other classmates did in order to
imitate and follow them as well teacher supported them, in this point they took
autonomous learning in order to be connected with the activities, on the other
hand, there were two students that were highly motivate, they always wanted to
participate and answer teachers questions, this students revealed an intrinsic
motivation more than a extrinsic motivation. In the development of the class the
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students whose motivation was not high started to feel the necessity to be more
active during the class so they decided to be engaged through asking question to
the teacher and their pairs.
The teacher behavior during the class was the main factor that intervened in the
good development of class due to the fact that she always had a good
management of classroom; they were notable in the discipline and good response
of students toward the lesson and activities. There were four activities that were
carried for both teacher and students, during this activities teacher was very
attentive of those students who had more difficulties particularly the little ones that
presented more difficulties. The initial activity was a warming activity, they sang a
rhyme, they moved their hands and fingers thus, this activity serves as an
engagement for the next activities which were kind of similar, in the second activity
teacher gave students a drawing of a farm make for themselves days before then,
teacher give the instructions, she said
Teacher: look at the picture and point them while we sing the song
So, their understanding was notable because they started to recite the rhyme,
this the priest that married
The man that killed the rat

So, those students who had some troubles to follow the rhyme the teacher
approached them to provide help and make remember what to say, the next
activity was similar they sang a rhyme called Blue birds
nine little birds, flying around our door,
The blue one flew away and then there were eight

Shortly after, teacher asked them to make a representation of the main characters
of the song and made them on play dough, everyone did it very efficiently so
teachers help was not so required this was the activity in when autonomy was
seen and they display their creativity as well as a good time management since
they took exactly the time that teacher provided for this activity, The principal aim
for this song was to improve their pronunciation also exercises their memory.
In the last activities teacher took flash cards of fruits and teacher put it down on
the table so, they had to take one flash card and tell the name of the fruit when
they didnt remember teacher provided clues through body language. As closing
activity, they sang a rhyme about the days of the week.
today is Tuesday today is Tuesday we can paint.
Girls and boys come and have fun...

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For this activity two skills were developed such as; daily vocabulary, in this activity
was seen a good performance of the students although there was a student that
forgot a minimum part of the song and teacher was there to help that student.
To conclude, I consider that Teachers methodology was basically through
audiolingualism method where teacher make students repeat sentences Hammer
(2011) suggests that much audio-lingual teaching stayed at the sentence level,
and there was little placing of language in any kind of real-life context.(p.64) for
the learning of those students was little opportunities to use their language in real
life context, their use of English was limited. Although
teacher used English all
the time, students only used mother tongue because they were not propel to use
the target language. I think that one of the most positive aspects was the fact that
teacher used L2 all the time, only in some occasions teacher fell the necessity to
use the mother tongue, in the class were dynamic activities that students enjoyed;
in the other hand, I consider that teacher should to propel students to speak in
English and give extra-support to those students with problems. I suggest to
include activities that contain the four skills not only in speaking and listening
because it is important that second language learners obtain a good development
in all language skills, so as to be successful learners. Finally there was an
excellent rapport among teacher and students; the connection was evident during
the whole class besides, activities had a good development with an active
participation of the girls although some students were not enough active in all
activities; however, there was a good support among pairs.

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INDEX- CLASSROOM DIAGRAM.
Windows
.

Door 2

Chairs
Shelve 1
Didactic:
Dolls, animals

Poster

Shelve 2
Didactic material
(Animals and dolls
etc.)

Table
Playground

Chairs

Shelve 1
Didactic material:
Puzzles, school supplies
etc.

Door 1

Observation notes:

There were not technological resources.


There were many didactic materials according for their age.
This classroom lacked of blackboard.

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Teachers positions
1. This position was maintained almost all the time the only who moved
was the teacher to give support and monitor the activities and students
Learning
Teachers initial
position
Second position

Third position

Fourth Position

Teacher and
students final
position in a circle

Teachers and students final


position. They were in a
circle.

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Aspect or criteria to observer

Yes

No

EVIDENCES:
Observers comments/Based on evidence

THE LANGUAGE
A)
B)
C)
D)
THE LEARNER
A)

B)
C)
D)

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Aspect or criteria to observer

Yes

No

EVIDENCE:
Observers comments/Based on evidence

THE LESSON
A)
B)
C)
D)
E)
THE TEACHER
A)
B)
C)
D)
E)
F)

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